2016 Best of Business Awards

2016 Best of Business Awards

It's time to present the Kootenay Business  awards for Best of Business in Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze designations.

And, just like at the Olympics, no matter the colour of your award, it's a distinct honour to be recognized by the Kootenay Business readership—the awards are the result of reader responses to the survey we published in the January/February issue of the magazine.

We've beefed up the awards list this year with eight new categories: Concrete Ready Mix, Crane Service, Doors - Overhead,  Fast Food Restaurant, Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Liquor Store, Organic Food Store and Rental Equipment Services. Moreover, the Fast Food Restaurant category recognizes that fast food is moving beyond burgers and fries and now includes ethnic choices as well. We realize also that organic products are important to many consumers. Chain stores and franchises appear on the list (we do like our double-doubles and Timbits), but so do many independent businesses in communities as small as Gray Creek and as large as Cranbrook.


We salute all these businesses in the East and West Kootenays and wish everyone a prosperous year to come.

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Winners at a Glance

GW Floors’ Owner/Manager/President, Harvie Hurd.

GW = Good work

GW Floors owner Harvie Hurd is here to help

Wayne Postnikoff

Feeling at home

Wayne Postnikoff: home matchmaker.

Ken Bridge opened Bridge Interiors in Cranbrook in 1998.

Golden rule at Bridge Interiors

Readers of Kootenay Business magazine have made Bridge Interiors in Cranbrook their top choice for furniture and appliances.

Former company receptionist Terri Sharpe has been co-owner of Steeples Construction with Earl Hoath since 2005.

Partnership success at Steeples Construction

Terri Sharpe and Earl Hoath have made a success of their 12-year partnership as co-owners of Steeples Construction Ltd. in Cranbrook.

Shawn Wernig is the owner and creative force at Eggplant Studios in Invermere, B.C.

For web design, go to Eggplant Studios

Graphic design holds endless fascination for Shawn Wernig, owner of Eggplant Studios in Invermere, B.C.

Seana Coolbaugh is the owner-operator of Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon in Cranbrook, B.C.

Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon

Seana Coolbaugh owns and operates Koko Beach Tanning & Hair Salon, and she isn’t afraid to break a nail on the playground.

Paul Kramer, owner of Ghostrider Motorsports in Fernie, stocks power toys for all seasons.

Ghostrider Motorsports, Fernie

Paul Kramer likes to play outdoors all year round, and Ghostrider Motorsports provides him with the toys he loves.

Jan Biava and Mike Daley have owned Packrat Annie's in Nelson, B.C., for 32 years.

Packrat Annie’s houses a wealth of books and music

Packrat Annie’s in Nelson, B.C., gets a platinum ranking for its well-loved merchandise and long history in the community.

Irvin and Evelyn Sobry pose inside their store, Lectric Avenue Electronics.

What to do when you retire: Start a business!

There’s no time to be bored at Lectric Avenue Electronics

Marriane Millar with a dog

Animal Instinctz Grooming

Animal Instinctz Grooming can make your pet look like a dinosaur.

Kevin Maffioli

Loving what you do and doing what you love

Kevin Maffioli built a career out of love for his favourite game.

Sara Stuart in the Country Roads General Store in Fruitvale, B.C.

Social shopping

Sara Stuart’s store is at your service.

General manager Chris Sapriken stands outside the store.

Taking advantage of opportunity

Focusing on people yields results.

Collin Johnston manages Cranbrook’s Heritage Inn. He’s quick to point out his Saskatchewan Roughrider memorabilia, which you’ll see if you step inside his office.

Cranbrook’s Heritage Inn is a welcoming place of both travellers and locals alike

With over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Collin Johnston knows how to get the most out of his staff and make guests feel welcome.

Jim Bradbury stands outside his store Playmor Power Products in Crescent Valley, B.C.

Mixing work and pleasure

Jim Bradbury of Playmor Power Products turned his passion for snowmobiling into a business.

Ralph and Debbie Koerber on the river

Riding the rapids in Revelstoke

Apex Rafting boasts camaraderie and fun on the river.

Tom and Kathy Frauley, owners and cooks at Dawn's Early Rising Cafe in Castlegar, stand outside their restaurant.

Sunshine and flavour

Come sit down at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe for a family meal

The outside and patio of Big Bang Bagels in Fernie, B.C.

Get a bang out of your bagel

Taste the quality and freshness in a Big Bang Bagel.

The Patio overlooking Kootenay Lake at Finley's Bar & Grill.

Homemade food enjoyed in a patio setting

What do you look for in a restaurant—trendy and fun atmosphere, or delicious homemade food? Finley's Bar and Grill has both.

Master butcher Uwe Gwinner is explaining the aging process, with meats hanging in the room.

Gwinner’s is a winner (butcher shop)

Gwinner's Butcher Shop offers natural, authentic European-style meats for every meal